Tips To Avoid A DUI/DWI Conviction In Texas
With the cost of DUI or DWI being high, you ought to try to avoid a charge and conviction. And there are no exceptions: you will incur a high cost even with a first-time conviction. And if there is a crash, you can expect the cost of the conviction to skyrocket. With this in mind, follow the tips below to avoid paying thousands of dollars in convictions and penalties.
You should also educate yourself on how police detect and identify impaired drivers. While many of such driving behaviors can and are ignored during the day, you can rest assured that police officers will pull you over if you exhibit the same driving behaviors at night. This is especially when you drive between midnight and 4 am. There is also an escalation traffic police pulling drivers over during holidays.
You should follow what lawyers consider as golden tips of what to say and what to do when you are stopped on suspicion of DUI or DWI. If possible, you should audio record the interactions on your cell phones as well.
Costs Of A DUI Or DWI
The cost of the first DWI conviction is not set in stone and varies widely. It will depend on the particular state, the effectiveness of your defense lawyer, the particular circumstances, the judge, and many other factors.
To give you an idea of the cost, in New York, a first-time conviction is $9,500. The cost in North Carolina is $4,820 and in Illinois, it is about $14,660. The cost ranges from $6,140 to $19,450 in California. A Texas Department of Transportation survey revealed that the cost ranges from $9,000 to $24,000
Keep in mind the above costs are the upfront penalties. There are numerous side effects of a conviction, including a jump in insurance. If convicted of a DUI or DWI while in your teenage years, the cumulative extra cost can be as much as $40,000 over 13 years. Moreover, there is a risk of job loss or inability to get a job, especially in fields you require driving.
Added to the cost, you will also endure inconvenience, embarrassment, and wasted time (if you go to jail and or when you go to DWI school).
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